Filmmaker Lee Daniels was convinced his movie had been left out of the Oscar nominations, because he was so tired he forgot the film titles would be announced alphabetically.
The director, who helmed Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire, got out of bed to watch Anne Hathaway reveal this year's (10) Academy Award nominees with Academy President Tom Sherak at an early morning TV news conference last Tuesday (02Feb10).
Daniels thought the nominations for Best Picture would be read out in order of the directors' names and he was convinced Precious had been left off the list when he heard Quentin Tarantino's nod for Inglourious Basterds.
And the moviemaker had already gone back to bed when his name was called out after Tarantino's.
He says, "When Tarantino was mentioned prior to Daniels, I went, ‘Oh, well, nuts.' And literally as I got back to the pillow I heard ‘Daniels,’ and I bounced back up.”
Daniels is also up for the Best Director award at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.